"The U.S. Transportation Department is repealing a rule, finalized in the closing days of the Obama administration as part of the fight against global warming, requiring states to track greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on the nation’s highways."
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- Source: Reuters, 05/31/2018
"The attorneys general (AG) from three states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to enforce a requirement meant in part to protect farmworkers from pesticides."Source: The Hill, 05/31/2018
"An Illinois environmental group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owner of a shuttered power plant where contaminants from old coal ash ponds are seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River, saying federal and state environmental agencies aren’t doing enough to stop it."Source: AP, 05/31/2018
"Mudslides triggered by the soggy remnants of Alberto forced evacuations below a dam and closed an interstate highway in the western mountains of North Carolina on Wednesday."Source: AP, 05/31/2018
"The United States is importing more organic corn and soybeans than it’s producing, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service."Source: Investigate Midwest, 05/31/2018
"The Canadian government on Tuesday said it would buy an oil pipeline to the country’s west coast, ensuring that its widely protested expansion will go forward."
"Federal antitrust regulators have granted agribusiness giants Bayer and Monsanto permission to merge after the two companies agreed to spin off $9 billion worth of assets, the largest such sale of corporate assets ever required by the Justice Department."Source: Washington Post, 05/30/2018
"Hurricane Maria claimed the lives of 4,645 people in Puerto Rico last year and not the 64 long pegged by the island’s government as the official death toll, according to a survey of thousands of residents by a research team led by Harvard University."Source: Reuters, 05/30/2018
"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named a former chemical industry attorney to lead its Superfund Task Force in charge of improving and expediting cleanup of some of the country’s most polluted sites."Source: Think Progress, 05/30/2018
"Lowe’s, the large home improvement retailer, announced Tuesday that it will no longer sell paint strippers that contain the chemicals methylene chloride and NMP, which have been blamed in dozens of accidental deaths."
"A coalition of ethanol and farm groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, challenging its decision to free three refineries, including one owned by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, from annual biofuels requirements."Source: Reuters, 05/30/2018
"Despite President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring back the days when coal power dominated the nation, his administration quietly settled a lawsuit this month that highlights how the lung-damaging, climate-changing source of electricity has largely disappeared from the Chicago area."Source: Chicago Tribune, 05/30/2018
"An environmental group’s analysis shows the five largest United States banks have started lending to coal companies again now that they’re out of bankruptcy."
"More than two dozen coal-fired power plants that line the Ohio River stand to get a break from regional oversight that has helped to dramatically improve water quality in the river, the drinking water source for 5 million people. Electric utilities and other industries are pressing a regional commission to end its role in restricting the dumping of toxic wastewater into the river, arguing there's too much bureaucracy already."Source: InsideClimate News, 05/30/2018
"More than 120 pregnant whales were slaughtered in the latest Japanese whale hunt in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, new documents show, reigniting calls for Australia to step up efforts to stop the annual killing spree."Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 05/30/2018